Sir Bob Murray

Welcome to the official website of Sir Bob Murray CBE.

This is the life of a prolific businessman and philanthropist with an enduring passion for education and football. Sir Bob’s achievements and successes are attributed to a firm belief in a strong work ethic, based on lifelong learning and education and aided by drive, determination and a not insignificant amount of good luck!

“I’ve enjoyed creating buildings, businesses and relationships. I rarely do things alone and take strength from working in partnership with great people. Having a good reputation and being trusted is important and I believe in approaching everything I do with sincerity and integrity.”

Using the interactive timeline below, explore key points in his business and football career and milestones throughout his life from early childhood to the present day. You can search by business, football or milestones, using key words in the search box or by clicking on dates on the timeline.

Sir Bob Murray

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2016

October 2016

  1. Foundation of Light Trustees approve start of work on Beacon

    Work Starts on Beacon of Light

    The Beacon of Light passed another important milestone at the weekend when Trustees of the charity approved the start of construction at a meeting at the Stadium of Light. Tolent Construction who won the tender…

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    The Beacon of Light passed another important milestone at the weekend when Trustees of the charity approved the start of construction at a meeting at the Stadium of Light.

    Tolent Construction who won the tender to build the Beacon, which will fuse together sport, education, the world of work, health and well-being, are expected to move onto site next to the Stadium of Light during the week.

    Sir Bob Murray said: “The Beacon of Light will be a first for the Foundation and for the region, so we’re thrilled to be moving on site and starting work this week.

    “We are immensely grateful to our patrons, benefactors, sponsors and supporters for backing us. It has been heartening to work with so many likeminded people who share values, and who want to make a lasting difference to people in the northeast. Their vision and generosity will inspire many more people to learn more, do more and be more, and will change countless lives.

    The striking cube-shaped development will be the first building of its kind in the country and house education and training facilities with an indoor football pitch above. When they enter the Beacon, visitors will be presented with a busy street along which the various activities will interconnect. Inspirational and motivational zones for education, the world of work, health and wellbeing, sport and play will combine together with excellent views into a sports arena.

    Trustee Sir Tim Rice added, “The Beacon will be a landmark destination delivering a meaningful and lasting legacy and it will represent a significant step change for the charity in terms of what we will be able to deliver in the future.”

    http://www.foundationoflight.co.uk/Beacon-of-Light/latest-beacon-news/

     

     

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    On The Road To….

    Sir Bob was at St George’s Park on 5th October for a special road naming ceremony. In this 50th anniversary year since England’s 1966 World Cup victory, the FA is renaming the main road into…

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    Sir Bob was at St George’s Park on 5th October for a special road naming ceremony.

    In this 50th anniversary year since England’s 1966 World Cup victory, the FA is renaming the main road into St George’s Park after Sir Alf Ramsey.

    FA Chairman, Greg Clarke hosted the naming ceremony to unveil the special road name which was followed by a lunch at the Hilton with many of the players and families of the 1966 squad in attendance.  Following the lunch, the 1966 guests were taken on a short tour of the elite facilities.  

    “It was very apt and an honour to be rubbing shoulders with members of our 1966 team at St George’s Park. These players achieved the greatest feat in football without the elite training facilities players of today now enjoy – and we all hope we can emulate their historic achievement and success again in the future.”

    Sir Bob was the Project Director for the development of St George’s Park and remains a property advisor to the FA and Wembley.

    http://www.thefa.com/St-Georges-Park

     

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September 2016

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    Sir Bob Thanks Backers

    Sir Bob attended a lunch to thank backers of the £18m Beacon of Light project in Sunderland on 30th September. He said, “I was delighted to attend the lunch at the Stadium of Light to…

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    Sir Bob attended a lunch to thank backers of the £18m Beacon of Light project in Sunderland on 30th September. He said, “I was delighted to attend the lunch at the Stadium of Light to personally thank the patrons, benefactors and sponsors of the Beacon of Light project.

    “We have come a long way and overcome some significant milestones since we announced our plans for the community development in Sunderland so I felt very heartened to be in the company of so many likeminded people who share our values, and who want to make a lasting difference to people in the northeast.”

    The Beacon of Light will be a first, and like the Foundation of Light, will be pioneering in its approach and aspirations. It will fuse together sport, education, the world of work and health like no other place in the UK.

    “It is because of my own personal experience in education that I continue to feel so driven to championing its importance, and why at the Foundation of Light we believe everyone deserves the chance to unlock their true potential and shine.

    “I also have a little personal experience in sport! And I know combining sport and education is a compelling and potent mix. Through the Beacon it is our ambition to help people, young and old, to learn more, do more and be more to change many lives for the better. “

    http://www.foundationoflight.co.uk/Beacon-of-Light/what-is-beacon-of-light

     

     

     

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May 2016

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    Backing Sunderland 2021 Bid

     Sir Bob Murray has accepted an invitation to become an Ambassador for Sunderland’s ambitious bid to become City of Culture in 2021. “I was born into the fourth generation of a Sunderland mining family and…

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     Sir Bob Murray has accepted an invitation to become an Ambassador for Sunderland’s ambitious bid to become City of Culture in 2021.

    “I was born into the fourth generation of a Sunderland mining family and have always been hugely proud of my personal heritage, and that of my city.

    “Sunderland people are special – passionate and generous. I saw the passion first hand during my time as Chairman of Sunderland Football Club, and continue to be overwhelmed by the generosity of Wearsiders in my role as Chairman of Trustees at the Foundation of Light, the charity arm of SAFC.

    “I firmly believe a successful City of Culture bid would have a transformative effect on Sunderland. And it wouldn’t just act as a catalyst for the city’s growing cultural sector. The investment and higher profile would undoubtedly lead to jobs and greater opportunities for Wearsiders. I also believe that a successful bid would help encourage our young people to stay here, rather than look elsewhere to build their lives and futures.

    “One thing I learned through my team at the club and at the Foundation, is that Sunderland is about true partnerships. It can act as one coherent, determined body as the city did during the 2018 World Cup bid. This strength means that the whole city, from the council to businesses large and small, to everyone living and working on Wearside will pull together to back this bid.

    “I can think of no more worthy recipient of the title City of Culture 2021 than Sunderland.”

    Find out more or get involved http://www.sunderland2021.com /

    #SUNDERLAND2021

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2015

August 2015

  1. Sir Bob Murray, Chancellor of Leeds Beckett University

    Important day for students at Leeds Beckett

    I studied in Leeds myself and it is a fantastic student city. I wish all future Leeds Beckett students the best of luck with their studies and future careers. The Leeds Beckett team are available…

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    Sir Bob Murray at Leeds Beckett



    I studied in Leeds myself and it is a fantastic student city. I wish all future Leeds Beckett students the best of luck with their studies and future careers.

    The Leeds Beckett team are available to help anyone wanting to have a chat about their options – call them on 0113 812 3113.

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July 2015

  1. Honour for Restoration Man

    It was a great pleasure for me to personally present my good friend and fellow Foundation of Light advocate George Clarke with another honour this week. Architect, writer, lecturer and TV presenter George Clarke  received…

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    It was a great pleasure for me to personally present my good friend and fellow Foundation of Light advocate George Clarke with another honour this week.

    Architect, writer, lecturer and TV presenter George Clarke  received an Honorary Doctorate from Leeds Beckett University for his contribution to the Arts.

    Speaking about his award, George, best known for presenting Channel’s 4’s Restoration Man said: “It’s a huge honour to receive the honorary doctorate today.

    I’m thrilled to bits and can’t quite believe it. To be sharing the day with so many other graduates is great. It’s actually 20 years nearly to the day that I got my

    first degree so I feel like I’m going back in time today.”

     

    http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/news/0715-restoration-man-presenter-receives-honorary-degree/

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    Leeds Beckett scholarships 2015

    I was delighted to visit campus recently to award this year’s Sir Bob Murray scholarships to five very deserving first year Leeds Beckett students who are just starting their studies. After I became Chancellor of…

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    Leeds Beckett Scholars 2015

    I was delighted to visit campus recently to award this year’s Sir Bob Murray scholarships to five very deserving first year Leeds Beckett students who are just starting their studies.

    After I became Chancellor of Leeds Beckett University in 2013, I pledged to give £30,000 to students over six years to help those that need a bit of extra support to achieve their goals.

    This year, Billy Haigh, Louise Wade, Saeed Muthana, Jugraj Singh Bhadal and Jamie Howarth received the scholarship award to help support their studies.

    Congratulations to them all!

    It is very rewarding for me to be able to give something back to my university by supporting these hard working, talented students.

    I hope the scholarships will make a real difference to them and I wish them every success in their studies.

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  1. Sir Bob Congratulates Graduates of 2015

        It was a busy week for Sir Bob with 10 packed ceremonies at  Leeds Beckett for the 2015 Graduations. He offered his congratulations to all graduating students, “My role as Chancellor at Leeds…

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    It was a busy week for Sir Bob with 10 packed ceremonies at  Leeds Beckett for the 2015 Graduations.

    He offered his congratulations to all graduating students, “My role as Chancellor at Leeds Beckett is an honour and privilege. Nothing brings home to me the transformative impact of education so much as seeing the achievement of our graduating students.

     

    “Once again I spent much of the week at Headingley Campus celebrating with colleagues and students. This year we awarded a number of honorary degrees to people from a range of sectors and backgrounds and I’m confident that the conferment of these awards this summer have not only laid the foundations for a lasting relationship with our University but, through telling their own stories in their speeches, our honorary graduates have also inspired another cohort of our hopeful graduates.

     

    “Great results are down to hard work, steadfast determination, resilience and often a little luck. I trust that all this week’s graduates will take time to really savour and capture this moment.  Whatever they choose to do next, they can do it in the knowledge that they are setting off – or continuing – on their careers with a great education behind them.”

     

    http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/

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January 2015

  1. Sir Bob Murray and Lesley Spuhler, CEO of Foundation of Light

    Premier League and Foundation visit House of Lords

    THE Premier League and the Foundation of Light teamed up to tell Ministers and MPs about some of their pioneering work and an exciting new project in the House of Lords this week. Baroness Jay…

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    Sir Bob Murray and Lesley Spuhler, CEO of Foundation of Light

    Sir Bob and Lesley Spuhler, CEO, Foundation of Light

THE Premier League and the Foundation of Light teamed up to tell Ministers and MPs about some of their pioneering work and an exciting new project in the House of Lords this week.

Baroness Jay of Paddington who sponsored the event with Sunderland MP Julie Elliot, outlined some of the ground-breaking work being undertaken in the north east by the charity and also revealed plans for the Beacon of Light.

She said: “The Beacon of Light will be an inspirational, multi-functional Centre of Opportunity – bringing people, communities and agencies together to make an outstanding and long lasting difference to people’s lives.”

The £15m development, which will be built  in Sunderland and  operated by the Foundation of Light, will expand the award-winning work of the charity using the power of football and sport to engage people in activities designed to improve their lives, and the lives of those around them.

Chair of Trustees Sir Bob explained: “The Beacon will be a vibrant and exciting education and sports facility. It will include four imaginative, inspiring and innovative zones and fuse together sport, education, the world of work and health and well-being like no other place in the UK.”

http://www.foundationoflight.co.uk/Beacon-of-Light

Julie Elliot MP added: “Despite the ground-breaking efforts of the Foundation of Light and  local agencies, Sunderland and the northeast is still an area with its challenges. The Beacon of Light will empower and encourage people to learn more, do more and be more.”

Architect and TV presenter George Clarke is from Sunderland and also a trustee of the Foundation of Light. He is passionate about the power of architecture to change communities: “I’m a firm believer in the ability of architecture to inspire people and transform lives – the Beacon of Light will be the epitome of this in a very literal sense.

“Stadium Park, where the Beacon of Light will be based has an annual footfall of over one million people. It was an ambitious project when envisaged, which has had a massive knock on effect for the city and surrounding region. The Beacon of Light will be the next game-changer on site.”

 

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  1. Lesley Spuhler, CEO of Foundation of Light and Sir Bob Murray on the site of the Beacon.

    Beacon will be a powerful educator

    THE Foundation of Light and the Premier League recently teamed up to tell Ministers and MPs about their pioneering work in the community and to launch ambitious plans for the Beacon of Light. Baroness Jay…

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    THE Foundation of Light and the Premier League recently teamed up to tell Ministers and MPs about their pioneering work in the community and to launch ambitious plans for the Beacon of Light.

    Baroness Jay of Paddington who sponsored the event in the House of Lords with Sunderland MP Julie Elliot, outlined some of the ground-breaking work being undertaken in the north east

    by the Foundation of Light – the charity arm of SAFC, which was set up by Sir Bob in 2001.

    She said: “The Beacon of Light will be an inspirational, multi-functional Centre of Opportunity – bringing people, communities and agencies together to make an outstanding and long lasting difference to people’s lives.”

    Baroness Jay also revealed that the Beacon of Light development has the potential to generate an estimated social return on investment of more than £73 million within the next 20 years.

    Lesley Spuhler, CEO of Foundation of Light and Sir Bob Murray on the site of the Beacon.

    The £15m development, which will be operated by the Foundation of Light, will expand the award-winning work of the charity using the power of football and sport to engage people in activities designed to improve their lives,

    and the lives of those around them.

    Sir Bob explained; “The Beacon will be a vibrant and exciting education, skills and sports facility and will address local issues through four  innovative zones of sport and play, world of work, health and well-being and education – given Sunderland as a city is behind national figures in all of these areas. The Beacon will be operated as a social enterprise to ensure it is both sustainable and self-sufficient – not a constant ask but, once constructed, a constant give.”

    Julie Elliot MP added: “Despite the ground-breaking efforts of the Foundation of Light and various local agencies, Sunderland is still an area with its challenges. The Beacon of Light will empower people to take responsibility for their own choices and actions and encourage people to learn more, do more and be more. It will allow them to change their world and that of their families and neighbours – a succession of steady and gradual changes that will echo the story of social and economic regeneration in the North East.”

     

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